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't argue with him. who won't confront him. i think leon panetta's been a pretty good secretary. >> rose: drones. john brennan got into it at his confmati. me s thathis is an unusual situation. that the president has carried forward some of the baigs policies and that he's effectively waged war against terrorism using drones and that he should be commended for it. what say the former vice president? >> well, i like the drone program. when we came in, we had the drones as intelligence platforms but we didn't have any weapons on them. they were unarmed so you could go find a target but then you had to bring in another platform in order to take it out. and it was about the time of 9/11 or shortly before that that we began to arm drones so you could find a target and hit it at the same time. a hellfire missile or a 500 pound bomb. i think it's a good program and i don't disagree with the basic policy that the obama administration has pursued in that regard. i put a caveat on there. i don't think they have the capacity at this point to capture al qaeda individuals and be able to develop them
panetta. you're in a unique position. the committee, as you know, considering nominee to be your successor. senator hagel. later today i'm going to be talking to john brennan. can you give a brief assessment of the two gentle and the capability and the readiness to assume the positions? >> yes, certainly. obviously that's something that the committees now have the opportunity evaluate. but in my view, both of them are outstanding individuals that have a great deal of experience and capability to be able to perform in an outstanding fashion in each of their jobs. senator hagel is someone who, you know, served in the military, worked up here on the hill. understand the issues that are involve there had. i think can be a very effective leader at the pentagon. john brennan is somebody i worked with the at the director of cia and continued to work with in this capacity. i found him to be responsible about how we can effectively conduct operations again al qaeda and against those that would attack this country. he is -- as somebody said, a straight shooter. somebody who, you know, gives you his
, a bombshell we're facing a situation where leon panetta who flew to california today, he thought advertise tenure was over and might ever to fly to brussels next week to attended this defense minister's meeting on the very serious subject of afghanistan because the president can't get his pick confirmed. cenk: they say it's not a fill buster. if that's the case, you only need 50 votes to confirm him so let's call him confirmed. i know it was a vote on closing the debate, but it's absurd, because it's quite literally what it is you. made a really interesting point. first time that it's a successful fill buster of a cabinet nominee in history of the united states of america so let's talk about the real reasons the republicans are doing this. i mean come on. i mean, how many cases have there been that people get confirmed within two days, a million, right? what are they trying to do here? as you pointed out, is it to try to find some sort of secret bombshell, there's this goofy thing about how he had gotten support from friends of hamas and it turns out there is no such group. what are they w
. cornyn: mr. president, to my knowledge, we do have a secretary of defense and his name is leon panetta. and it's my understanding that mr. panetta's going to stay on the job, a job that he's done very well as secretary of defense and as c.i.a. director for the last several years. the majority leader knows full well that the reason why cloture was denied or the debate -- closing off debate was denied is because there are reasonable requests being made on this side for additional information, and i hope and trust that that information will be provided here in the next few days and when we come back from the recess, we'll have another vote and another opportunity for senators to express themselves. but this is not any attempt to kill this nomination. this is not a filibuster. i realize that's the headline that the majority leader would like the newspapers to write. we actually had some very reasonable discussions going on earlier today among senators on the democratic side and republican side to try to work this out. given the fact that this nomination has just so recently been reported f
hill hearing. leon panetta and martin dempsey testified about the benghazi attacks attacks. he accused susan rice of lying about the attacks when she appeared on the sunday tv talk shows last september. here is part of the questioning in that hearing. >> chairman dempsey, at the time of the meeting, would you have -- how would you have characterized the attack on the compound? >> i did not know. >> it could have been either one. >> that is right. >> it could have been spontaneous were preplanned. but i have to ask the same question, would you agree that was a preplanned attack? unequivocably? >> at the time, when this was going on, we were not sure was taking place. when i later found out that you had rpgs and there was an attack, there was no question in my mind. >> my position would be they knew that at the time because i have talked to several people that have stated they knew it. unequivocably that would have been a terrorist attack. the thing i am getting to come and do you agree that it was a terrorist attack? >> when i appeared before this committee three days afterwards
of my heart. we welcome an opportunity to describe the syntax. secretary panetta and i had of the situation. and as we do, will provide to this committee as complete information as we have, organized anyway you want. and today is a start in that regard. the problem comments into tears. the first is that sequestration, which is scheduled to kick in in just two weeks time requires us to subtract from our budget for the remainder of fiscal year 13, $46 billion. and as the chairman indicated, to do it in a way -- the worst way managerial econ and namely to take equal shares or proportionate share summation every part of the budget, which is obviously not what you so in the near term, what you have this here, in the next few months, it's a true crisis in military readiness. if the caps imposed that accompany sequester our continued for the next 10 years, as is the plan in the budget control act, we were going to have to change our national defense strategy. those cuts are too large, too sustained for us to implement the strategy that we crafted under the president's guidance jus
panetta will be honored at a farewell ceremony and fort myer, virginia. it will include remarks from president obama and joint chiefs of staff general martin dempsey. that is live at 3:45. secretary of state john kerry will meet the canadian prime minister. the team so -- the keystone pipeline will be in the conversation. a rock obama's decision on the $7 billion will be the test of his a nod with a promise to act on change in his second term. there will be a news conference. that will be at about 2:30. a pro forma session at 11l0:00. 2:00 for legislative work. the chamber resources -- resources at 5:30. the house takes up a bill that will continue a pay freeze for federal workforce. watch the house live here on c- span and the senate on c-span2. >> having observed a steady improvement in the well-being of our citizens, i can report to you that the state of this union is good. >> once again, in keeping with tradition, i have come to report to you on the state of the union. i am pleased to report that america is much improved. there is good reason to believe that improvements will co
and panetta that the most attention was the pivot one thing that wasn't so well noted was the idea of nation-building that they show the size its forces for long scale operations which means no more iraq and afghanistan. when you do your scenarios and calculations the small stuff is the special forces. is setting up a special specialist and that is what the army is doing now. there is something in western california called the national training center with massive tank battles in iraq and afghanistan have direct did mock villages and they have exiles, somebody would be an insurgent and they play these useful and creative games but now it is called full spectrum operation at the national training center for the first time they fired artillery shells but also a humanitarian assistance and sings with the village so they train for everything and also the best way to cut money cheaply and quickly is by cutting manpower it would take five years to build the aircraft carrier in the first year really spent 5% of the budget know you actually cut a couple hundred million but a guy who gives up 100,000
lasted a lot a year but leon panetta and i know he's one of your neighbors in california she was captured by the operation mentality of the cia before he'd been in the building more than a month this was a national security team obama also was by the military that's how you got the surge of the forces i think he realizes he had by the military and that is important and one of the reasons why i'm a little more optimistic about a second term he's a wise man and foreign policy and if the end of the war and iraq keas meander into words and the the war afghanistan and he's allowing the pentagon and you have to remember when you're looking at the pentagon you are looking at an institution that has defined motor skills and a dinosaur. if you take the pentagon a long time to put something together all but obama has to do and i know it isn't this simple but i would look at the gorbachev experience. he came out of 1985 he gave the secret speech in 1986 denouncing afghanistan to his fellow bureau colleagues as a bleeding wound he had the moxie secretly tell shultz we were getting out that the milita
, secretary panetta, who is going to be leaving his job in less than two hours, chairman of the joint chiefs martin dempsey, and others have already testified regarding the athat can claimed four -- the attack that claimed four american lives. chuck hagel had nothing to do with the attack in benghazi. the administration hasn't been forthcoming is outlandish. there are serious consequences to this delay. consequences that are occurring right now. the president is making some important decisions about afghanistan. he announced to the world just a day or two ago that 34,000 troops will be coming home during the next year from afghanistan. we're negotiating with the afghan government regarding how we'll support them beyond 2014. negotiations are going on right now. i heard today from former senator john kerry that he's headed for the middle east. why? syria. that's something else that the secretary of defense has to be concerned about. next week while we're on recess, while we're on recess, they're having a nato defense ministers meeting. they'll be in brussels? what to do? to coordinate ou our
yesterday that it wasn't him. secretary panetta said it wasn't him. in hearings, the acting d.c.i. mike morell said it wasn't him. ambassador kennedy said it wasn't him and the f.b.i. said it wasn't them. we've eliminated a lot of people who had contacts within the intelligence community that knew firsthand what was going on in benghazi. let me ask you again: who briefed the president on actually what was happening throughout this seven-hour period? who was your primary point of contact in the intelligence community? >> as chief of staff, i didn't usually reach out directly to the intelligence community. i worked through the national security staff. >> was there anybody from the intelligence community in that briefing session on a continual basis to your knowledge? >> the intelligence community was in close touch with the white house, with the national security team on a near constant basis. >>steve: it's pretty clear nobody was briefing the president of the united states. it was -- keep in mind it was a couple of months before the election, and clearly the picture we are getting right
not with us involved. president obama and secretary panetta and the joint chiefs of staff in their strategy reviewne oftt a year ago which is the mot attention to that was the pivote from europe to the pacific, one thing in that review that wasn't so well noted was the idea that it's kind of an end of nation building. he said the army and marines shall not size its forces for large-scale, prolonged stability operations which translated to english is like no more iraqs and afghanistans. not just no more iraqs and afghanistans, but when you do your scenarios, when you crank your calculations to figure out how many troops you need, thiss is not even the kind of scenario that should enter into the calculation. and as you say, the small stuff is mainly special forces. some people, including john nogle, have proposed setting up a special advise and assist, you know, soldiers who would be specialists in being advisers to overseas armies. and i think that is what a lot of the army is doing now.h they find it -- but they're kind of in a pickle. they don't know, they don't know what to do. as you mig
panetta said it would be irresponsible for the congress to allow it to happen. many of us agree, it must be avoided. but apart from that challenge in the next month, or series of months, the long-term outlook for the department of defense is that it must do more with less, and secretary hagel, if he is confirmed, will have that management task, and he is one of the people in this country who is almost uniquely qualified to carry it out. and i believe that he will with great distinction. he will take care of our men and women in uniform and strengthen our national defense, he will do what he thinks is right even if it's not popular, and he is, finally, as everyone has said, a good and decent man. i thank in particular senator mccain for his very compelling and telling comment during our consideration before the vote in the armed services committee. he said -- and i agree -- no one should impugn chuck hagel's character. he's a person of integrity and character. and i believe that he will have the respect at all levels of our defense, men and women who serve and sacrifice every day, men and
defense budget. just last week secretary panetta announced the indefinite array of a a deployment in the middle east in development that was a darkly welcomed by the regime in tehran and egypt despite all the best hopes of the arab spring president morsi and the muslim brotherhood government has shown hostility toward the opposition groups and have taken an increasing bellicose tone towards our ally in israel. these developments require us to think long and hard as we will be sharing with them the controversial f-16 transfers and frankly i didn't agree with that but it's a tough area and i think if you look through that area, general austin you have iran and it maintains a determined to acquire nuclear weapons capability. it's been going on for a long time and we found our intelligence -- about the capability but they have developed so far. it's serious. and iraq are premature withdrawal has contributed to to a deteriorating situation and allowed al qaeda to establish a foothold in syria and assad's rain and brutality is claiming the lives of over 60,000 syrians and risks spilling
, different than what our secretary of defense panetta has said now, that he felt that the pentagon was bloated and needed to be teardown. during your hearing he said that those are statements he made prior to the budget control act being passed, but that was not the case and that was later corrected. in terms of shipping the pentagon, i certainly don't think that we want to be in a position of thinking, especially in light of the testimony we heard this morning, the pentagon is bloated bodies to be pared down. all of us agree that there are things that we could do better in the pentagon, and i know that many of us have worked on things that we could do better and more efficient in the pentagon, but sequestration is not the answer to that. finally, you know, hours ago, as senator reed mentioned, the north koreans had detonated a nuclear device. yet a year ago the senator was a signatory toward a report that essentially would eliminate a portion of our nuclear triad. we have three legs our nuclear triad, and he was a signatory for report that recommended that that be a manner in whic
. stephanie: all right, all right listen. on the offensive. speaking of the gay yea for leon panetta calling it a matter of in he canty. he signed a memorandum to the pentagon's top personnel office extending benefits to service members. he's on honoring the sacrifices of all military families, extending those benefits is an appropriate step to assure all service members receive equal support for what they do to protect this nation. >> a friend of mine on facebook said that he is now very happy that he can put his partner on his health insurance. stephanie: that would be equal. >> yeah. stephanie: sounds like an equal benefit, equal right. stephanie: you don't f. with marines. stephanie: not the wrong one. if you [bleep] with the wrong one, he will presumably rip your head off and down your neck. >> and my friend could. stephanie: right. kobe bryant, not cool with homophobia. there's something new. he tweeted just letting you know using your guy as a way to put someone down is not cool. delete that from your vocabulary. apparently he has learned a thing or two from 2011 when he was find for
shocked to find out there's gambling going on in vegas. >> few leon panetta has to go to the nato summit in brussels. he's like george bailey. he's never getting out of bedford falls. i got big plans. i love her. she's a peach. >> because republicans have a punish a republican for the crime of being right about iraq. stephanie: exactly. this talking voice memo, filibuster will fall shortly nomination blah blah blah. that's the thing people don't understand that don't pay attention in the history of ever. i tell my dog max you're the best dog in the history of dogs and the history of history. this is like the history of that the history of the united states. >> i said if harry reid's mad at the gop for filibustering this, he needs to spend an entire day punching himself in the face. stephanie: why you are touching yourself, stop it. >> he promised that wouldn't happen. stephanie: we'll be treated to a big show when republicans block hagel on the floor tomorrow and a quiet resolution a few days down the row when graham gets his answer. >> he's promised to block the rest of lady gaga's tour
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